I’m a huge advocate of Project-based learning (PBL) and have slowly been transitioning my instruction this way. As part of my studies while receiving my Masters in Teaching & Inquiry, I did a lot of research and was intrigued because it seemed like the perfect fit for my students.
When I speak at arts conferences or lead professional development I often have teachers asking about how I run my projects or how I incorporate PBL in the classroom. It’s a fundamental shift when planning but this approach, or design cycle, really can help engage and motivate previously unreachable learners. You can read and research it, but often you have to see it in action before you really understand it’s magic. Here are some of my favorite units and lesson ideas I’ve had around projects and PBL.
21st Century Music – Publishing Original Digital Music on Spotify
Lego Rhythms – Using Legos to compose music
Earth Day! – Creating a recycled instrument
Music Box – A Music Merch Budgeting Project
Illinois Musician Reports – Creating a class book of Musician Facts & Songs
Snow Sounds – Creating Musical Accompaniment for a Storybook
Danse Macbre’ – Shadow Puppet Theatre
Sign of the Beaver – Lit Review Board Game
Additional Projects (w/o videos)
Student Created Podcasts
Creating 8-bit music (accompanies student created video game idea)
Art Ambassadors (MS student teach ES students about global art)
Use Chrome Music Lab to compose original music